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calendar   Wednesday - February 20, 2019

The One, The Only

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And here comes the snow, right on schedule! Our area is supposed to get bout half a foot, then later switch over to sleet and then rain. So it will be a big wet mess. And they’re saying it will hit 60° on Sunday!

This is such a confusing season.



Happy Tuesday. It’s really cold this morning. Smells like snow. Guess I’d better check the weather forecast. Ok, time to get up to the Shack of Solitude.



Grape Balls Of Fire!!!

This is why the internet is so awesome. Off in some far corner, actual scientists have studied why a grape, cut nearly in half, will erupt in flames in your microwave in just a few seconds. Because it has nothing to do with grapes, but with grape shaped and sized objects that have a very high water content.
Apparently the sugar content has nothing to do with it.

And here’s me, never once having given thought to making grape fireballs in a microwave.

The internet is full of videos of thoughtful people setting things on fire. Here’s a perennial favorite: Cleave a grape in half, leaving a little skin connecting the two hemispheres. Blitz it in the microwave for five seconds. For one glorious moment, the grape halves will produce a fireball unfit for domestic life.

Physicist Stephen Bosi tried the experiment back in 2011 for the YouTube channel Veritasium, in the physics department’s break room at the University of Sydney. On camera, he and the show’s host whooped in the glow of the grape. “Who needs drugs?” Bosi yells in the video, as a particularly psychedelic plume erupts. Off-camera, they discovered they had burned the interior of the physics department microwave.

The grape, incidentally, is the perfect size for amplifying the microwaves that your kitchen machine radiates. The appliance pushes microwaves into the two grape halves, where the waves bounce around and add constructively to focus the energy to a spot on the skin. Both grape halves happen to focus the energy to the same tiny point. That intense energy jostles the atoms and molecules at that spot, heating them up so much that they can no longer hold onto their electrons, which turns them into a plasma—and boom, fireball.


Well, so much for fencing ...

Lightsaber dueling now official French fencing sport

BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE, France (AP)—Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must.

It’s now easier than ever in France to act out ‘’Star Wars’’ fantasies, because its fencing federation has borrowed from a galaxy far, far away and officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, granting the iconic weapon from George Lucas’ saga the same status as the foil, epee and sabre, the traditional blades used at the Olympics.

Of course, the LED-lit, rigid polycarbonate lightsaber replicas can’t slice a Sith lord in half. But they look and, with the more expensive sabers equipped with a chip in their hilt that emits a throaty electric rumble, even sound remarkably like the silver screen blades that Yoda and other characters wield in the blockbuster movies .

Plenty realistic, at least, for duelists to work up an impressive sweat slashing, feinting and stabbing in organized, 3-minute bouts. The physicality of lightsaber combat is part of why the French Fencing Federation threw its support behind the sport and is now equipping fencing clubs with lightsabers and training would-be lightsaber instructors. Like virtuous Jedi knights, the French federation sees itself as combatting a Dark Side: The sedentary habits of 21st-century life that are sickening ever-growing numbers of adults and kids .

‘’With young people today, it’s a real public health issue. They don’t do any sport and only exercise with their thumbs,’’ says Serge Aubailly, the federation secretary general. ‘’It’s becoming difficult to (persuade them to) do a sport that has no connection with getting out of the sofa and playing with one’s thumbs. That is why we are trying to create a bond between our discipline and modern technologies, so participating in a sport feels natural.’’

In the past, the likes of Zorro, Robin Hood and The Three Musketeers helped lure new practitioners to fencing. Now, joining and even supplanting them are Luke Skywalker , Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader.

‘’Cape and sword movies have always had a big impact on our federation and its growth,’’ Aubailly says. ‘’Lightsaber films have the same impact . Young people want to give it a try.’’

It’s not like Kendo didn’t already exist. That’s the martial art they’re using in these films. Except that Kendo is done with bamboo swords, is steeped in Japanese tradition, and doesn’t make “whhirrrr whumm whiirrr” noises when you wave it around.

Buy yours here. Blades cost up to $50 or so, but the handles and their controller chips can run into the hundreds.

The Shinai, the bamboo practice sword for Kendo, is about 44” long including the two handed handle. They cost a whole lot less too, but don’t make any fantasy sounds or light effects.

I’m in too much shock to figure out if there are actual standards for the weapons and outfits. Looks like blades run from a parrying dagger 16” long to a rapier length 40”; classic fencing blades are all 30” long. Actual Katanas had blades about 28” long, and real rapier blades were around 42”. That’s a whole lot of reach, just begging to be used for a flick attack. Cumbersome as all get out to carry around on your hip. 1

Actually, the best practical length for a sword you wear is pretty short, like the Roman Gladius, a falchion, or a boarding cutlass. Short enough so that it doesn’t drag in the mud too much when you’re sitting down in a chair, long enough to outreach an enemy with a dagger. Rapiers just grew and grew and got out of hand, and then some king invented the meter and put a blacksmith with some cutters at the city gates.

We’ve been taken over by movie dorks.


Kathy Griffin: No one can ruin a career faster than I can.

Jussie Smollet: ...Hold my bleach !!!


Finally something I can blog about. Once again I’ve overdosed on politics, and I’m just sick to death of it and the never ending lies and deliberate stupid. Same goes for all the snowflake garbage, and the MSM hype over what always turns out to be another hate crime hoax. I just can’t take any more of it.

Aurora Shooter Passed NICS Check With A Prior Felony Conviction

Yeah, the guy who shot to death his entire termination review board was black. So what? He also had a long history of violence, at least one felony conviction, and had been denied a CCW. But that same state let him buy a pistol, and his previous state never made him turn in his guns before? Sounds like NICS, like every other government program, isn’t working very well at all. At least one Somebody dropped the ball, and now 5 people are dead and 11 others wounded because of it.

Aurora shooter brought gun to termination meeting, opened fire as soon as he was fired

A disgruntled worker who went on a shooting rampage at a manufacturing warehouse in a Chicago suburb brought the weapon to his termination meeting and opened fire as soon as he was fired, police say.

Gary Martin, 45, was killed by police after he shot five people dead at the Henry Pratt Company on Friday in Aurora and injured 11, including five police officers. Officers believe that at least several of Martin’s victims were those present during his termination meeting, according to a statement obtained by CNN.

Martin worked for the plant for 15 years, and his firing was the result of multiple workplace rule violations, according to Scott Hall, the CEO of Mueller Water Products, which owns Henry Pratt Company.

Martin was not legally allowed to own a gun, and was illegally in possession of the one he used during Friday’s attack. In 2014, he passed a background check and purchased a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, but later was denied a concealed-carry permit because his background check revealed a felony conviction.

In 1995, Martin was convicted of aggravated assault in Mississippi. His Firearm Owner Identification Card was then revoked, and he was allegedly sent a letter ordering him to give up his weapon, though it is unknown whether he ever received it or if he failed to surrender the weapon.

In addition to his Mississippi conviction, Martin was also reportedly arrested several times in Aurora for traffic stops and domestic violence incidents. He was also charged in Oswego, Illinois, in 2017 for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, police say.


The means by which he was still in possession of a firearm on Friday will be investigated along with the rest of the incident.


Sake !!! Drynk bloggingg here. Went out for snushi for Valentine’s dinner. Actually left full. Had plenty good fishes and a Moon Girl roll. We knocked back a whole bottel of Hiro brand sake. No cleaning work for me tonigh. I texted in blitzed. Do it Sunday instead.

I made Spanish peanut buttered caramel brittle this afternoon. Much darker taste than regular brittle. Yumbo.

Nighty nite.


Cat blogging

He may be slow, but he’s warm now.


Outdoor cat Ginger finally found his insulated and heated weatherproof cat house. It’s only been out there for 2 months now. But he seems comfortable enough, and it couldn’t be more cozy or protected and still be outside. I taped some plastic insul-board over the top to make it more weather resistant. I’m sure it beats sleeping in a damp burrow by a long shot.


While Curiosity Remains, Opportunity And Spirit Are Finally Lost

Social commentary? No, just the news from Mars as NASA rovers finally wear out.

NASA’s Opportunity, the Mars rover that was built to operate for just three months but kept going and going, rolling across the rocky red soil, was pronounced dead Wednesday, 15 years after it landed on the planet.

The six-wheeled vehicle that helped gather critical evidence that ancient Mars might have been hospitable to life was remarkably spry up until eight months ago, when it was finally doomed by a ferocious dust storm.

Flight controllers tried numerous times to make contact, and sent one final series of recovery commands Tuesday night, along with one last wake-up song, Billie Holiday’s “I’ll Be Seeing You,” in a somber exercise that brought tears to team members’ eyes. There was no response from space, only silence.

Thomas Zurbuchen, head of NASA’s science missions, broke the news at what amounted to a funeral at the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, announcing the demise of “our beloved Opportunity.”

“This is a hard day,” project manager John Callas said at an auditorium packed with hundreds of current and former members of the team that oversaw Opportunity and its long-deceased identical twin, Spirit. “Even though it’s a machine and we’re saying goodbye, it’s still very hard and very poignant, but we had to do that. We came to that point.”

The two slow-moving, golf cart-size rovers landed on opposite sides of the planet in 2004 for a mission meant to last 90 sols, or Mars days, which are 39 minutes longer than Earth days.

In the end, Opportunity outlived its twin by eight years and set endurance and distance records that could stand for decades. Trundling along until communication ceased last June, Opportunity roamed a record 28 miles (45 kilometers) and worked longer than any other lander in the history of space exploration.


Opportunity was the fifth of eight spacecraft to successfully land on Mars, all belonging to NASA. Only two are still working: the nuclear-powered Curiosity rover, prowling around since 2012, and the recently arrived InSight, which just this week placed a heat-sensing, self-hammering probe on the dusty red surface to burrow into the planet like a mole.

There are no rovers named either Hope or Change.



Tired now. Going to sleep.

If President Trump can take El Chapo’s $14 billion in drug money, and get the $3.5 billion back from California, then that will build a whole lot of wall, even if the treasonous Dems only give him $1.5 billion.  Git ‘er done, Mr. President.

Mueller isn’t even going to file a report? What a worthless sack. In that case, pay back the government all those millions you spent, out of your own (Clinton Foundation funded, I’m sure) pocket.


I guess they’ll just dig it out with sticks and shovels

Massive Oil/Gas Find Off South Africa Coast As Nation Slides Into Native Anarchy

No oil company in their right mind would spend a nickel there. Why, so their people can be murdered, and their oil platforms nationalized? Screw that. Let the place sink back into oonga boonga barbarism. In 5 years, when all the white people are dead or gone and the whole bunch left living are back to living in dung huts and grubbing up mapani worms from under some rock with a dirty stick and calling it dinner, just go build the platforms offshore and take whatever you want. Like the savages will know how to fly an airplane or drive a ship bigger than a dugout canoe to come and stop you. Ignore the cries of racism. Screw ‘em all.

While many of the world’s industrial powers are looking for ways to reduce their consumption of fossil fuels, a fabulous oil discovery off the coast of South Africa promises to alter the energy future of the continent.

French state oil company Total led a consortium of companies that had been exploring off the coast of South Africa for several years.  Their find has excited the entire oil industry and promises to further reduce the influence of OPEC and other big energy-producers.
There are several problems with exploiting this find.  Just because their country has made this discovery doesn’t mean it can be developed adequately.  The political situation in South Africa is deteriorating as the country’s far-left-wing government has begun an expropriation of white-owned land.  Such expropriations will force international players to think twice about investing the huge resources necessary to exploit the find.

There might even be sanctions imposed on the country if the land grab goes as many observers expect: badly.  While the bonanza is real, foreign investors may be skittish about participating in the oil rush.

Is the radical left government of South Africa smart enough to bend its economic principles to allow for the proper exploitation of this resource?  That’s another unanswered question.  The track record of left-wing governments who run big oil industries is not good.  See Venezuela.


Give It Back Now, Or Go To Jail Forever

Cali Gov Newsom Cancels Bullet Train But Says He’ll Keep Federal BILLIONS

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday in his “State of the State” address at the California State Capitol in Sacramento that he would

The plan to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles by high-speed rail “would cost too much and, respectfully, would take too long,” he told legislators. He said the state would still build a portion of the system under construction in the rural Central Valley, denying that it would be a “train to nowhere.” He said the state would not send $3.5 billion back to the federal government to be spent by President Donald Trump.

But Newsom said the state could not afford the total cost — even with what he noted was a “record-breaking surplus” in the state’s coffers, thanks to the ongoing economic recovery.

Refusing to return specifically allocated funding for a no longer viable project is outright theft. Arrest him and all involved for larceny. 50 years in jail. And if they still won’t cut a check, cut the state off from every penny until DOUBLE the 3.5 Billion has been saved.


Well our little snow storm seems to be over. We finished up with a nice thick crust of ice on everything. It’s warmer now, slightly raining, so hopefully that will melt away. It’s going to be a chore cleaning off the car.



“Oh good night!” as my grandmother would say in exasperation

Dem Shoes Be RAYCIS !!!


Katy Perry and her brand-management company have issued a statement following concerns that some of her footwear items appear to resemble blackface.

Perry, along with Global Brands Group, say they were “saddened” upon learning of the backlash to their fashion line, and confirmed the shoes were removed from sale.

“The Rue and The Ora were part of a collection that was released last summer in 9 different colorways (black, blue, gold, graphite, lead, nude, pink, red, silver) and envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism,” reads a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

“I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface. Our intention was never to inflict any pain. We have immediately removed them from Katy Perry Collections.”

This was the wrong response. A better response would be to stand up to these mollycoddled brainless infants-terrible: “You’re out of your ding dong mind. They’re shoes. They come in all colors. Get a life already you loser.”

Just as stupid: ADIDAS PULLS ALL-WHITE SNEAKER RELEASED IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH Because, you know, black people can’t or won’t wear white sneakers, which are classically white. Except for PF Flyers and Chuck Taylors, which usually came in black. But come on. It’s a freakin’ shoe already.

What’s next? No black leather jackets, no black or brown leather belts? No black or brown anything? Are we all going to have to replace our black finished major kitchen appliances? And replace them with what, white ones? Wouldn’t that be even more racist?

It is long past time to push back against these morons. Wade into their ranks with a thousand clue-bats, and the ones that survive might just begin to see a tiny bit of reason and reality.

Oh good night, indeed.


I guess this will be the next product to get the PC stink eye. My Gaia, it’s doubly raycis!! Not just Brown, but Serve! As if that’s the colored people’s lot in life! Servitude. Indentured servants! Dat be slavey shit, sho ‘nuff.



Not directly related, although it was also a story about insane reactions regarding perceived racism ... the story of “emoji boy” from Pittsburgh last year. IIRC, a group of friends were discussing internet privacy, identity theft, identity stereotyping, etc. The kid decided to change his text message emoji, and chose a negro one. Some of the girls objected, saying he didn’t have the right to use that small group of pixels. He refused. And the next thing, the girls are calling him racist, and he’s getting bullied at school. Unsatisfied with their “just punishment” scam they laid on the boy for choosing the wrong 1/8” square charicature, they then pulled a “Kavanaugh” and accused him of several counts of rape, all of which supposedly happened months before. That cost him his job, got him tossed from school, a couple weeks in the pokey, and labeled as a “threat to the community”. OUCH. Then the girls admitted they made the whole thing up. His parents are suing. No shit. I’d sue the girls, their families, the school, the bullies at school, social services, the police, the judges, anyone and everyone even peripherally involved.  I hope he gets hundreds of millions, bankrupts the school system, and that these skank chicks and their families are reduced to homeless penury and all die of exposure and starvation. Serve them right.

But that’s the kind off off the charts insanity that’s out there these days. And the only reason it is there, is because nobody sane has had the balls to push back and call crazy on their antics. This shoe BS is just one more example out of millions.


The snow began falling in earnest just after 7:30 this morning. The weather forecast keeps changing, but the last I heard we were supposed to get >3” before it changes over to rain. And then it will rain and rain and rain. Whatever. Schools were closed in advance, and many offices also took a snow day. I guess that’s playing it smart, but it seems kind of scaredy cat to me. We didn’t used to shut down the world whenever it snowed when I was younger. We had less population in those days, but somehow we were all a bit tougher. Or more foolish. Hard to say.



Still here. Guess I’m a part time blogger these days. I just can’t seem to find the time or energy for it right now.



My neighborhood Pig of the Day


There’s more to my job than sitting around in the mornings and doing the occasional raccoon rescue. Today I had to clean out one of the recycling corrals. These enclosures are big enough for a 2 yard trash dumpster and 2 1/2 yard wheelie bins, plus shelf space in the back for newspaper bundles and cardboard. I took about a yard and a half of decaying trash out. Most of it was never recyclables in the first place.

There’s a problem with communal condo living. An awful lot of folks think the everything is somebody else’s responsibility.

We used to publish “Pig of the Month” in the condo newsletter to encourage people to keep things tidy. They gave that up ages ago. Now, every day, the first thing the maintenance guys have to do is cruise the dumpsters and try and do triage on the worst of the messes.

Find some pride, people, and a little self-respect.



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Now, That’s a BUST !!!

Homeland Security intercepts massive meth shipment worth $1.3 BILLION

TWO TONS of narcotics seized

A joint operation between American and Australian law enforcement led to the seizure of close to two tons of methamphetamine in California that was bound for the land down under, authorities announced late Thursday.

As part of their investigation, the Australian Federal Police and police in the southern state of Victoria arrested six people, including an American couple living in the Melbourne suburb of Woodstock [ of couse !! ] . Police said they had found “hundreds of thousands of dollars of proceeds of crime” while executing a search warrant of the couple’s property. They were not identified except as a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman.

At a news conference in Melbourne, Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill told reporters that the drug shipment intercepted last month was concealed in 850 electrical capacitors stored inside two large containers purported to contain audio equipment. The shipment also included 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of cocaine and five kilograms (11 pounds) of heroin. In all, the entire shipment was worth an estimated $1.3 billion.

Australian authorities said the seizure was the largest haul of methamphetamine ever recovered in the U.S., the equivalent of 17 million individual hits. Hill said the interception was carried out by agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as well as Homeland Security Investigations Border Enforcement Security Task Force (HSI BEST) a branch of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“This historic seizure highlights just how important the U.S.-Australian partnership is in protecting Americans and Australians alike,” acting U.S. Ambassador to Australia James Carouso said in a statement. “Every day, U.S. and Australian law enforcement officers work together to keep us all safe. My sincere thanks to these dedicated professionals.”

Hill said that the quantity of drugs that were intercepted proved that Australia is being targeted by Mexican drug cartels.

Yeah, take the cartel money and use it to build the wall. This is jut one shipment, out of how many?? What the news article isn’t saying very loudly is that these drugs were smuggled INTO the USA to use American shipping ports and facilities. Then they were smuggled out and sailed off for Downunder.

I have no idea how big a meth problem Australia has, but this seems like it’s got to be several month’s worth, right? There’s gonna be some seriously pissed off people in Mexico tonight!!

Sure, the DEA always gives the value of these bulk hauls in single dose street units, which is a major exageration. But even using California wholesale prices, we’re still looking at $44 million. Somebody lost a lot of green on this one. Too bad.


Get up and move your big ass ‘round

Heard this on the radio tonight. Somehow it really reminds me of Levon Helm and The Band. And the songs does seem to borrow a little from the Stone’s Honky Tonk Woman, but just a little.


What The HecKKK Was That All About?


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calendar   Friday - August 26, 2016

fair use

Once in a while having a clearer understanding of the Fair Use Doctrine can come in handy.

What it is: LINK 1

Here’s a checklist: LINK 2

Here’s a nice graphical flowchart: LINK 3

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Remember, at BMEWS it is always our intent to educate our readers in a non-profit manner.

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calendar   Thursday - August 25, 2016

Finishing Strong

We mopped the floor with our opponents last night, taking all 3 games and a total margin of over 100 pins. They were 2 points ahead of us in the standings, but 6 down from the team ahead of them, so our 7-0 win gave us their slot in the standings but wasn’t enough to bridge the points gap into the top 4. So we finished in 5th, and were rewarded a kingly $40 per person. Sweet. Yup, another 3 weeks and we would have been knocking on 1st place. Still, considering we were dead last by 4 points just 7 weeks ago, I think we came back real strong.

I’ve got a couple of new balls on order; the alley’s summer time discount of 40% off created a better price including drilling than any of the online shops would sell me the same balls for without drilling. Sweet.

Winter league starts in 2 weeks. I’m just going to put those balls aside for a little while, not even have them drilled, until I get my release a bit more squared away. I’ve got to my axis tilt and rotation more where they ought to be. Seems like I can either rev the ball up and throw it straight, or rip threw it on the release and get a totally horizontal axis - ie a spinner. Both can make strikes, but neither will hook much at all, so I’m never going to get the kind of entry angle that a big hook shot gives. And that means consistent strikes with a big safety margin. That’s not me. Not yet.

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back to school

First day of school today in our county.

Two new kids on the high school bus early in the morning. Neither was on the grade school bus last year, so they either moved here over the summer or else they escaped from parochial schools and are now experiencing public education for the first time. Woo hoo.

An entire zoo full of little squeakers on the grade school bus. I counted 20 but I don’t think all the kids made it in this morning. And it was helicopter parent time. Oh boy, both mommy and daddy showed up to put junior on the bus, and they got there early with babies in tow to give themselves lots of time to record this momentous event. Even the grandparents were there for a couple of the kids. So in a matter of minutes, I went from total isolation to being ring master for a crowd of almost 70 people. And then, once the individual pictures were taken, the group pictures were taken, the parents only pictures for Facebook were taken, the littlest army filled up half a school bus ("Oh look, how cute! She’s reaching up to take that big first step onto the bus. Get her picture, get her picture!!"), and away they went. An exodus of SUVs and minivans ensued, of size and speed that would make Peiper’s UK Travelers proud. And then it was lonely silence again.

Looks like it’s going to be a good day to paint garages. Now until frost actually.

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calendar   Wednesday - August 24, 2016

And now for something completely different..

At Haymarket Park: Trump by a Bobblehead

It was the battle of the bobbleheads.

Five hundred plastic, blue-pantsuit-wearing Hillary Clintons stood on tables across from 500 “Make America Great Again” red hat-wearing Donald Trumps—a stare down, but with plastered smiles on their bobblehead faces. Tuesday night marked the third Bobble Election at Haymarket Park, held in honor of the upcoming presidential election.

Saltdogs’ fans cast their votes by choosing a free bobblehead before settling down for a game. Whichever of the 500 bobbleheads ran out first was the winner.

Charlie Meyer, president and general manager of the Lincoln Saltdogs, said the poll wasn’t about politically dividing baseball fans but having fun and satisfying curiosity: Will Trump or Clinton be the last man or woman standing?

“It’s been a heated race, and I think it will get much more heated once we get closer to November,” Meyer said. “But this is a fun deal.”

Besides entertainment, Meyer said they hoped to raise awareness by reminding people who haven’t registered to vote to go do so.

It’s 6am, home after a long day (night? Gotta love 3rd shift) at work, and I miiiiiight have made that bourbon & Coke a little stronger than anticipated (Wild Turkey 101, was finishing off the bottle)
This story made me smile. 

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calendar   Saturday - August 20, 2016

Rule 34 Is For Real

Rule 34 is the internet rule that says that some kind of porn exists for everything. Shoes, puppies, blueprints, Swiss cheese, rare books, anything. And if porn doesn’t exist for it, the mere mention that such is the case will cause porn to be created for it.

After making my previous bridge post, I stared at my work and eventually realized there was a girl in the picture. Hiding half the truss, thanks. Fine. If that’s how the game is played, let’s go. I knew of one picture right off the top of my head. I even knew the model’s name. So to the search engines, and I plug in “Ariel bridge”

and what comes back is ...


Not what I expected, but both awesome and abhorrent in its own right.

Awesome, because what you’re looking at is a bowstring truss bridge, made from both wrought and cast iron (like I just wrote about) and utilizing our old friend the Phoenix Column. This means the bridge is older than I beams, but younger than the Civil War (because after the war the Phoenix Iron Company turned swords into plowshares almost literally and used their cannon building technology to make rigid braced hollow tubing that could be easily assembled on site; ie the Phoenix Column). And this particular bridge is given superb coverage by my fellow bridge hunter Nathan Holth. Awesomer, because it’s a “WIBCO”; a bridge made by the prolific Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. The bridge now lives in a park in Mt. Vernon Ohio, so maybe our friend Turtler can go and visit. Google found it for me because the bridge is funded by the Ariel Foundation. Figures, right?

Abhorrent because the bowstring truss is very strong, so it was a total diss to just nail the thing to the side of a walkway - not even a bridge, just a wooden path with railings on pilings!!! - to make it look like a bridge. This little arch could support a steam locomotive, even though it’s 140 years old. Also abhorr - ok, not really abhorrent, just a bit embarrassing, because the pictures I was looking for all came back in the search too; every one of them already stored in the back room here at this blog. Oh the photos are out there galore; I’m just the only one who renamed them to name the subjects.

Here’s what I was looking for ... mildly NSFW, plus a few others similar, because this is a Rule 34 post after all.

That’s Ariel, she’s on a bridge, and the picture is bloody huge if you save it.

Hey, you knew there’d be redheads involved. They’re always trying to pop up everywhere here.
Ok, a few others, mostly “artistic”. Go find the hardcore ones yourself.




Huh, look at that. A little pop-up window. Thought they were all disabled. Wonder what happens if I click on it?

Hey, hey, what’s happening here? I’m losing control of my PC!! Windows opening everywhere!!


Now wait just a goldarn minute here! There ain’t no bridge in that last pic! (assistant whispers in ear, bringing Drew up to date) Oh, it’s called a bridge? Fine. But enough.

Rule 34: give them an inch, and they’ll try and sell you some cream to make it 9 inches.

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full countered Pratt pony

Yes, it’s finally time for another bridge post.



Counters are the diagonal members running in the opposite direction. They help manage shear stress. By using the full set of counters you get a bridge made of “X"s, which is very good at supporting transitional loads ... like when a locomotive drives up one end of the span, across it, and off the other end. This is also the very best reason to use forged steel components, because steel can handle switching from tension to compression, which wood and iron can’t. Wood is always weak in tension, cast iron is weak in tension, and forged iron is weak in compression.

Too cute ... the model’s name is Bailey. Like the Bailey bridge? Maybe she has a sister named Bridge-ette.

Woo hoo!

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borderline blues

Buddy Guy blurs the line between rock and the blues. Who cares what you call it? This is dance music, even if you can’t dance. Happy happy happy. Get up and move your big ass ‘round, even if you don’t have one of those either.

I’ve got the CD, which is exceptionally well recorded. Crank up the volume just a bit and it’s like you’re right there.

Just in case you don’t like the blues - there’s got to be one of you, somewhere, right? - check below the fold for a bit of bouncy funk that will also get you up, get you happy, and get you moving. Brought to you by the Lovetone Meatball, or so I’ve been told.

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 04:32 PM    avatar
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under the knife

That does it. The cat is going to get fixed. I can not take it any more.

Dizzy the cat, the mostly blind one, is in heat. Again. Every 4 god damn weeks, I swear. And she’s a very talkative cat to begin with. Which means now I’ve got Opera Cat, doing her full-throated arias all over the house. All day, all night. For days.

Would. You. Please. Shut. The. Flying. Fuck. Up!!!

It doesn’t matter how much she gets petted, or rubbed, or brushed, or played with, or snuggled, or fed. Or anything. A minute later and she’s at it again. 3 in the morning and she jumps up on the bed and starts howling.

Lucky for her she really isn’t trying to get out of the house. Because I might just be too tempted to let her. But more kittens is the last thing we need around here.

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calendar   Friday - August 19, 2016

thanko yu for not sweating



Only in Japan!! Or by mail order!!! $42 at Japan Trend Shop

h/t to Stoaty the Weasel

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calendar   Thursday - August 18, 2016

Almost Made It

We took 5 last night, going 5-2 against the first place team. Not quite enough to knock them off their throne, but enough to give it a big wobble and leave them vulnerable in the finals next week.

I got to play hero twice, putting myself totally in the zone the last few frames of each game to try and pull out a win. That worked in the first game, where I just fixated on the 2nd arrow and threw 9/ X XXX to finish and put 80 on the board for a fat margin win. Tried as hard as I could in Game 2, rolling X X XX9 to add 89 to our score; not enough for a win, but enough so that we lost small, by only 12 pins or so. It wasn’t really necessary in Game 3 because we were well ahead anyway, but I still did X XX9 just for gits and shiggles. I ended the night with a 557 series, which is about where my bowling ought to be.

Next week ... position round, and the parsing of the money. Money honey, woo hoo. Yeah, like $5 each. Ain’t no money in summer league honey.

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calendar   Wednesday - August 17, 2016

Leaving Home

On the off chance anybody checks out the Left Coast and can’t escape in time to eat their meals elsewhere, I know a number of good suggestions I might list if people are interested.

Well, I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but now I have an announcement to make. And while I have been drafting posts about both the Iran Ransom and the Olympics (and how politics and cheating go hand in hand), but the big news I have to give is closer to home.

I am still committed to this blog and the Great Cause of our time, but tomorrow- possibly today for you- on August 17th I will be moving halfway across the country. I don’t make it a secret that while I am a man of the right, I have also been a Californian born and raised. And what’s more, someone that has lived on the dread, died-in-the-wool-left Coast itself. My parents came from the Middle of the country decades ago to live here, and I have lived here in this house my entire life.

Now I am doubling back on the path tread by them, the “Okies”, and the Miner 49ers and moving to Ohio. I have my misgivings about My Grandmother is getting on in years and could use our help, and above all the costs of uprooting from the home of 20~ years and moving halfway across the country to a place I scarcely know are less than the costs of staying. Taxes are high, a criminally insane water policy has all but insured drought will strike again, the “law” tried to abolish concealed carry, and I still remember the times when Bernie’s Brownshirts attacked a Trump Rally down the street while two married Jihadists slaughtered a Christmas Party.

This would be the chance where the jokes about the Far Left Coast would come up. But in all due honesty… I feel they’re mostly out of place for me personally. I am NOT blind to California’s innumerable flaws, chief among them the dual facts that it seems committed to being re-annexed by Mexican drug cartels and the fact that it has helped elect every Leftist president we have been cursed with. But the California I knew was generally good to me on the whole. Even with a hideously corrupt school system and government. The neighborhoods were good, The food’s delicious (especially if you know where to look), the climate’s generally above par (though anybody who thinks it shines all the time has never shivered in 30 degree F weather in the middle of Fall of in Santa Clara). And perhaps most surprisingly… almost everybody I have met- and I mean almost everybody- from school on was friendly or neutral. And hard as it may seem, many people know about my political and philosophical beliefs- including in school- and were accepting of it, sans a few individuals (two or three of whom I am proud to say I helped fire).

So on some level I think a part of me will always belong to here, even long after I leave. It is the land of my childhood and nothing I can do will change that. And I suppose I can see why many people might be drawn in by the warm, fuzzy glow of a Leftist, progressive utopia. After all, my life has largely been a demonstration of its’ better sides (to the extent that oxymoron exists).

But even then the underlying rot crept up from the cracks. That was all too obvious from when one of my (married) math Co-Teachers was arrested and dragged off for shagging a student, probably with the knowledge of the Principal.  Even though his wife also worked on the very campus. But more damning was the bitter, encrusted corruption that lies at the top of the school districts and how my parents had to use their legal skill and positions in the PTA to fight a years long, savage battle with a system run by people who will screw over their students- including the disabled- in order to serve themselves. The fact that I was framed for defusing a situation with a history professor blocking the door and physically threatening me was probably the nadir of it. And I think it mirrors the dozens of ways=- from water infrastructure to sanctuary cities to drugs to forest ires- that this dream fails. How it crumbles when even a handful of people with black hearts, greedy natures, avarice, or simple incompetence get high enough on the food chain, and how no amount of resources, Godly mercy, or well intentioned people are around.

I was just one of the ones lucky or blessed enough to not suffer the full consequences. The brilliant VDH has made a long, long series of posts that show a fuller story. It’s well worth reading, just in case you thought you knew everything about Leftist Lunacy.

So, what next for me? I don’t know. But regardless of what happens I do know I can look forward to one thing. Ohio’s a swing state, and we’re moving in time for voter re-registration for the General Election. Which means for whatever I’ve given up, I will have the chance to do something I really never have done before. Cast a vote in the General Election that might make a non-trivial difference. And ultimately, why else was America founded?

In any event, I look forward to getting back in the swing of things.

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calendar   Tuesday - August 16, 2016

Bigger Red Is Extra Green

Well duh, of course having Americans building, owning, maintaining, and crewing the ships that go from one US port to another raises the price of goods a tiny bit. If we had a bunch of beaner boats crewed by Mongolians, Greeks, and Filipinos like most international shipping, the wages would be even more pathetic and the ships run down to rusty hulks. And it would even easier to sneak in spies, terrorists, and Democrat Commie agitators. I’m not usually a fan of protectionist legislation like the sugar subsidy, but I think I’m in favor of this one.  HOWEVER I can see modifying it a bit to keep it modern: it should not apply to American territories, protectorates, or states that are islands and more than 25 miles out to sea, or to coastal states that are not contiguous or adjacent to other states or territories by more than 50 miles.  In other words, create a loophole for Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, American Somoa, USVI, and Puerto Rico.

Such an act: Keeping up with the Jones


Hey, this one’s only red on top and on the bottom. Wait, um, never mind.  red face

Crowley Maritime Corp. took delivery Friday of MT West Virginia, the fourth new Jones Act product tanker built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI). Crowley will christen the West Virginia on Tuesday at a ceremony at Philly Shipyard.

The LNG-ready West Virginia can be converted for propulsion by liquefied natural gas (LNG), joining sister ships Louisiana, Ohio and Texas, which were received by Crowley in 2015 and 2016 as the first-ever tankers to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval.

Like its sister ships, West Virginia is 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt) and capable of carrying 330,000 barrels of product. The new tankers are based on a Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability and the latest regulatory requirements. The

vessel is 600 feet long and is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as various chemical cargoes. Marathon Petroleum Corporation is the charterer.

If converted to run on LNG, then this ship would have practically no carbon footprint. Well, “no footprint” relative to 600’ cargo ships of 50Kdwt. But aside from a sailboat, that’s as clean and green as it gets.

The Jones Act is a 1920 bit of protectionist legislation properly called The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 that says “keep American shipping American”, from the beginning to the end. It’s all about “cabotage”, a most excellent and rare word, that means the exact opposite of “NIMBY”. It’s total “IMBY”: it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that there’s a paragraph in there requiring the steel used has to be mined and refined here, and any wood grown and worked within our borders. Jones Act, Fuck Yeah!

cabotage:  a requirement that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

Super Patriot John McCain tried to nullify the Jones Act in 2015.


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Big Red



Ain’t she a beauty? That’s a Lockheed 5B Vega from 1928. This the 22nd model 5B Vega built, and it became an unique variant when the wasp B engine was replaced with a 420hp supercharged Wasp C engine of 22 liters displacement (1343 cu in). At the same time the engine was replaced, many of the 7 passenger seats were removed to make room for a nice big gas tank that held 420 gallons. It was in this flying barrel of petrol that Amelia Earhart set off to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic on May 20, 1932. She mostly made it; her intended destination was Paris, but Ireland made a great place to land when things started going wrong ...

Her plan was to fly all the way to Paris, but after her altimeter had failed, encountering adverse weather, including heavy icing and fog, a fuel leak, and a damaged exhaust manifold, Earhart landed in a field at Culmore, North Ireland. The distance flown was 2,026 miles (3,260.5 kilometers). Her elapsed time was 14 hours, 56 minutes.

A lone, astonished farmer saw her land.

Amelia cut the switches, climbed out of the plane, and, as the man approached the plane, called out, “Where am I?”

Danny McCallion replied obligingly and with excruciating accuracy. “In Gallegher’s pasture.”


Later that year, Earhart flew the Vega to another record. On August 24-25, she made the first solo, nonstop flight by a woman across the United States, from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey. The flight covered a distance of 2,447 miles and lasted about 19 hours.

The aircraft now resides in the National Air and Space Museum. Right click the pictures here for much larger versions.

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Dang, nobody posted nothing today.

Hey, we won 5-2 at bowling last week. And Wednesday is our last day of competition; the finals are next week. We’re up against the 1st place team, and if we stomp them they’ll drop like a rock. We’ll never take the lead, but at least we can trash their dreams and enjoy the schadenfreude. Nasty? No, not really. They really aren’t very good bowlers. They’re in the lead because they get such a huge handicap from everyone. If we can get our duckies in a row again we can drop kick them right off the lanes.

Weather for Wednesday night will be cooler and drier. Still warm but not the rain forest kind of swelter we’ve been having. Which is actually typical NJ summer time. Steam bath. Hmm. So maybe that will mean the lane oil will be a bit tackier, and break a little early for a change? An active back end? Cool. That’s just what we want.

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